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    Hooligan
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    KDX 200 or 220

    Looking to replace a XR with a capable woods weapon. 200 is a 89, 220 is a 00 both in solid condition-used but not abused. Anyone with any good or bad post it up. Thanks

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    2009 Hooligan of the year
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    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    http://dirtrider.net/forums3/threads...dx-220.184682/


    When faced with replacing my KDX 200 the KDX 220 was on the list. Ended up going with a KX250 instead. With some minor gearing changes (i.e. different sprockets) and a little tweaking on the suspension setup, the KX 250 turned out to be a pretty sweet tight woods bike.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Bethesda, MD

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    I have a 200 but have ridden 220s
    Great reliable bikes
    Tons of great mods available

    I have one in MD that is super clean and has had every mod done to include fork and shock revalving, carb mods, steering damper, flywheel weight, etc.

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    Hooligan
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    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    Quote Originally Posted by zrx24 View Post
    http://dirtrider.net/forums3/threads...dx-220.184682/


    When faced with replacing my KDX 200 the KDX 220 was on the list. Ended up going with a KX250 instead. With some minor gearing changes (i.e. different sprockets) and a little tweaking on the suspension setup, the KX 250 turned out to be a pretty sweet tight woods bike.
    Been a while but I remember the KX being a bit twitchy for technical single track, did you add a flywheel weight?

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    Hooligan
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    SF, NM

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    I have a 200 but have ridden 220s
    Great reliable bikes
    Tons of great mods available

    I have one in MD that is super clean and has had every mod done to include fork and shock revalving, carb mods, steering damper, flywheel weight, etc.

    Stock forks? It seems like a KX upgrade is a popular way to go. Any porting work? Either way I may have Fredette freshen up the internals.

    Keep the information coming!

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    2009 Hooligan of the year
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    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    Quote Originally Posted by Ichiban View Post
    Been a while but I remember the KX being a bit twitchy for technical single track, did you add a flywheel weight?
    The gearing change was all I needed for the kind of trail I was riding - mostly fairly flat terrain. But I did have to fan the clutch on the really tight stuff on occasion, unlike my KDX. I would likely have gone with the KDX 220 if I lived in an area that actually had hills to deal with.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Independence, Mo

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    FORGET A KDX! OLD TECH, SLOW, CRAP SUSPENSION. SPEND JUST A FEW MORE DOLLARS AND PICK UP A 99 TO 2012 KTM200EXC, BEST 125 SIZED OFF ROAD BIKE EVER. 125MX WEIGHT, MUCH MORE TORQUE, AND A WEIGHT OF NEAR 200LBS GASSED UP. 2003 AND UP HAS THE BEST FORKS. BTW, EXC CHANGED TO XC IN THE LATER YEARS.

    (ENDURO CROSS COUNTRY) TO JUST (CROSS COUNTRY)
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    William Shakespeare

    1970 Moto Guzzi 750 Ambassator "Way back machine"
    2001 ZRX1200R "Green Meanie"
    1999 Honda VFR Interceptor "Red menace"

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Bethesda, MD

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    A complete Race Tech rebuild is better than KX forks for woods riding IMO
    I almost bought an EXC but the initial price of the bike and parts pricing was a non-starter

    Good part about KDXs is that they are blue chip stocks in that they are bullet proof and hold their value
    Also really sensitive to inexpensive needles; mine runs like a 3-stroke at the moment; a ton of torque for 200CC 2-stroke
    The 220s are a little stronger but was not that big a deal to me.

    Chris hit it on the head with Canadian Daves KDX board (dirtrider.net); super tech info available and tons of easy to search info.
    Plus really nice guys that want to help you out - Like Here!

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Australia

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    IF you get a 220 make sure it has a non genuine piston (or put one in it) word on the KDX forums is the OEM grenades. No experience myself I have the 200.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    New Braunfels Texas

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    The KDX in either size is a good bike, but the KTM200 is a woods weapon
    2000 ZRX 1100
    2005 FJR 1300
    2014 KTM 250XC
    2008 KTM 250XC-F
    2010 Dodge RT Challenger
    2005 Ram Quad Cab
    1996 Chevy Pickup

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Birmingham, AL

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    I've been waffling on the same question for a while now. from what i gather the 95 and later bikes are much better to start with.

    I saw a neat hybrid the other day that was a kx125 with a kdx200 motor in it. sounded like a woods monster once the forks get rebuilt for ones weight...
    2000 ZRX1100 - Mad Max black 1109 with full kerker exhaust with custom baffle, pod filters, ZX Cams, ZX11 ECU +2 advancer, and 6spd trans and CVK40's with a prototype jet kit. Ridden daily and rarely clean.
    1997 KDX 200 - Tons of blingy parts on a crap bike. Imagine a Roadkill dirtbike...

    2006 XC90 V8 AWD - A bit of this, a bit of that and a whole ton of dog hair.
    1982 Porsche 928 - A serious PITA, but I can't get rid of it till it's working.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Aug 2001
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    New Braunfels Texas

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    I also feel you can still make a great woods bike out of an older MX bike. I have a 92 RM250 that I got back into off road on, I made some simple changes to the suspension added a skid plate and hand guards and it worked well, at rebuild time I sent the cylinder to Eric Gorr for his off road porting and big bore kit.
    At 265 now it runs great and has made a great woods bike, I have a newer KTM 4stroke 250 and there are things it does really well and no doubt has some better suspension than the RM.
    2000 ZRX 1100
    2005 FJR 1300
    2014 KTM 250XC
    2008 KTM 250XC-F
    2010 Dodge RT Challenger
    2005 Ram Quad Cab
    1996 Chevy Pickup

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    Hooligan
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    Sisters,Or.

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    The 200 has more top end but the 220 has more bottom end. We have a '99 220 that my daughter rides and I have a 08 KTM 300. The only thing the 300 has over the kdx is better suspension and a more top end. Either kdx is a great choice!

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    my brakes are the only thing I drag
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    Mojave Desert

    Re: KDX 200 or 220

    Go KX250 with lighting flywheel and a regear. KDX is nice for bottom and mid range and it has a tank with reserve. I put a KDX200 engine in a CR125 chassis and it was a great bike, but no reserve.
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